Pine Street Carpenters’ Sean Dolan and his son Fitz assemble a bike at Pine Street’s “100 Wheels Project” bike-build in 2012.
West Chester, Pa., December 2, 2013 – Remodeling company Pine Street Carpenters hosts its 6th annual community outreach initiative this month, dubbed the “100 Wheels Project.”
Each year, Pine Street purchases and assembles bicycles for underprivileged children in the region. When the initiative first started in 2008, Pine Street donated 50 bicycles to local non-profits (thus, “100 Wheels”). The effort has grown each year, and this year, thanks to the support of friends, customers, and trade partners, Pine Street Carpenters will be purchasing and building 81 bicycles for underprivileged children. Employees, family members, friends, and members of the cycling community will donate their time and energy on December 12 at an evening bike-building party.
“By the end of the evening,” says Brendon Dolan, owner of Pine Street Carpenters and The Kitchen Studio at Pine Street, “all 81 bicycles will be assembled and ready for delivery to our partner organizations.”
This year, Pine Street is partnering with five local non-profits: Family Services of Chester County (West Chester); Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children (West Chester); The Care Center for Christ (West Chester); La Comunidad Hispana (Kennett Square); and Family Services of Montgomery County (Norristown).
“Each of these organizations provides much needed services to families in the community,” says Dolan. “Thanks to our staff, customers, partners, and friends, these bicycles will make it to children in their care just in time for the holidays.”
To date, Pine Street Carpenters has donated 346 bicycles. This year’s bike-build will bring that total to 427 bicycles. In addition to bicycles, employees and friends of Pine Street Carpenters also donate helmets and bike locks to accompany the bikes.
Pine Street Carpenters launched “The 100 Wheels Project” in 2008 to help offset the decline in donations to holiday toy drives because of the economy. The event was a great success – and the need so great – that the remodeling firm decided to make it an annual event.
Pine Street also just launched a website dedicated to “The 100 Wheels Project”: www.bikebuild.org. The site includes event details, ways the community can support the project, videos from past bike-builds, and a list of sponsors.
Local businesses supporting this year’s event include Bike Line and Mauger and Company, both of West Chester, as well as other companies and organizations.
Says Dolan: “’The 100 Wheels Project’ is a great way for us to do some good, and have some fun in the process.”
Founded in 1993, Pine Street Carpenters, Inc., is an award-winning design/build remodeling firm located in West Chester, PA. Pine Street handles residential, commercial, and institutional projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the country. Pine Street is also home to The Kitchen Studio at Pine Street, its kitchen and bath showroom in West Chester.